I’ve long argued that bullying is rife in many organisations and that workers (and injured workers) are routinely exposed to hostile an demeaning treatment. What follows is a prime example of WorkCover’s gross failures and the consequences.
In the previous post on this site and IWSN titled ‘Intimidation and fear: welcome to agency charged with stamping out bullying‘ I raised concerns about target of bullying and WorkCover’s dubious culture. I received an interesting but distressing response from Daniel. He states:
I certainly believe this.
I made a Workcover complaint in 2011 against another government department and its security contractor. The inspector became angry at me when I wanted to stay anonymous because I was scared of losing my job.
When I relented and provided my details the inspector turned up to my work unannounced with the boss of the government department and the manager of my division whom I personally knew and who had stalked me on a forum trying to find out who I was who was “causing trouble”. They both stood there and watched him interview me and I was told by a supervisor the contract manager had told him “they had nothing to say while I was there”.
When I complained the Workcover inspector told me they were there for “natural justice” reasons and later when I complained to Workcover they told me it had been for “safety reasons”.
Six months after my complaint I was injured (fractures in my feet, arthritis and tendon damage), i’m only young, that aren’t healing, I don’t have a job, I get about 30k in payments per year, I had a 70k job, can’t sue anyone, am suffering from depression and I sometimes have flitting thoughts of suicide
What rights and protections workers and injured workers have especially where bullying is involved? None, it would seem.